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Re: “HD Radio on the Offense

IBOC or Iblock as it should more properly be called is an especially odious malady that may also be inflicted on both night AM and FM radio stations, it blanks out stations on both sides of it's center frequency. Take WOR AM 710 for example, tune it on during the day time on 710 AM, then try 720, and now try 700 AM. What do you hear? A bunch of hissing white noise covering the two adjacent channels. Can you imagine what this is going to do to night time reception when these signals can go 100's sometimes 1000's of miles and any car radio can pick this up? I live in Ma. where WBZ 1030 hisses up 1020 and 1040. Maybe I like to listen to KDKA which comes in pretty well here at night, what am I going to do if the paid and bought FCC decides to allow night time Iblock? I will just simply have to shut up and not listen to KDKA anymore. Now what if WBZ and KDKA both decide to use Iblock and are able to use it at night? You will hear complete noise in NYC probably from 1010 to 1040 and will hear neither station. Why are we going to be subjected to this mess? Why don't we the consumer have any say in this looming debacle? FM Iblock stations are lucky to be decoded 10 miles from a transmitter unless the radio has a special outside antenna, then maybe twice the range, wow! Hey, maybe Iblock will bring back the 50's when every house had a huge antenna on top. Are we going backwards or forwards? This supposed technology is doomed before it begins, it will certainly destroy both FM and AM radio. Are we the people going to let a tiny group of millionaires try to monopolize and soon destroy radio as we know it? It is up to us, call or write the FCC and let them know what you think, yes this new Rube Goldberg scheme stinks and in more ways than one.

Posted by Anonymous on 03/16/2007 at 5:12 PM

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